Audrey Sechrest waves to friends after she received her diploma on Thursday during the 102nd commencement at Claremont High School. There was a sea of caps and gowns as the combined graduation of Claremont High School, San Antonio High School and Claremont Adult School occurred under clear skies on the CHS football field. See our complete coverage with a special online slideshow and in print photo essay on Saturday. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
A 20-year-old victim used her street smarts Tuesday morning, June 12, to lead Claremont Police to the capture of 2 crooks.
The woman was standing outside Wolfe’s Market, 160 W. Foothill Blvd., when the passenger of a gold Ford Focus forcibly grabbed her cell phone out of her hand, got back in the car and quickly sped away, according to Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen. Though the thieves may have thought they had gotten away, the last laugh was on them.
Claremont Police question 3 individuals on Tuesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of The Optometric Vision Center, 1420 N. Claremont Boulevard. An employee called the police because the individuals were behaving suspiciously while browsing merchandise in the store. Agustin Cerda, 37, Cynthia Lopez, 32 and Susana Castaneda, 18, all of Pomona, were arrested for attempted burglary. Ms. Lopez was also arrested for possession of a meth pipe and an outstanding warrant for driving without a license. More in Saturday’s police blotter. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Lean, in terms of budgeting, has become a common keyword in recent years as cities across southern California and throughout the country slash budgets and city spending to accommodate for cuts across the board. Despite low community turnouts throughout the budget preparation, including Tuesday night’s review, City Manager Tony Ramos and staff presented the council with a balanced budget through 2014, reviewed with little negative feedback.
“I knew I would miss the store, and I do,” said Charles “Chic” Goldsmid, former proprietor of the much-loved bookstore Claremont Books & Prints once nestled in an upstairs nook on Yale Avenue.
Five years ago, on June 7, 2007, Mr. Goldsmid announced the sale of the Claremont fixture as he thought about his future and the other—albeit loosely related—passions he wanted to pursue. When the store sold on October 31 of the same year, a new chapter in his life began, the pages of which are bringing him great satisfaction.
The community is invited to a Neighborhood Forum on Tuesday, June 19 at the City Yard from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The forum is an opportunity for residents to talk with 2 members of the city council in an informal setting. The city council members scheduled for the meeting are Corey Calaycay and Sam Pedroza.
A former Claremont High School football star convicted of statutory rape is heading back to court next week after allegations of further rape offenses have surfaced in Claremont within the past year.
The Claremont Police Department arrested Tyler Singleton in late April 2012 on 2 new suspected counts of unlawful sex, this time including rape by use of intoxicants. He is currently about one year into a 5-year probation for a previous statutory rape offense that had him sentenced to 180 days in jail in 2010. Mr. Singleton had pleaded no contest to the 2010 charges.
Claremont Graduate University President Deborah Freund has been appointed as an expert advisor to a new statewide task force charged with developing a 10-year plan to make Californians healthier.
The “Let’s Get Healthy California” task force, assembled by Gov. Jerry Brown and the state’s Health and Human Services Agency, will gather and evaluate the best ideas and practices to improve health quality, control health costs, promote personal responsibility for individual health and advance health equity.
It was a community affair when dozens of people gathered outside the Claremont High School Theatre Wednesday, June 6 to celebrate the groundbreaking of one of the school’s most ambitious undertakings in recent years.
The Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts will include an update of the wiring system in the decades-old facility, plus the addition of a 1600-square-foot lobby and 3500 square feet of classroom space. Don Fruechte served as CHS’s first theater director until his retirement 19 years ago, after which current theater director Krista Carson Elhai (who was one of his students) joined the program. “This is something unusual for me. I’m not used to thanking so many people for naming a building for me,” he said.
Bill Tuck twirls Alta Book as they dance to the band Swing 4 Sale during Blues and Brews on Saturday in the Claremont Village. The couple had just seen a movie at Laemmle 5 Theater in the Village Square when they happened to walk right into the event and decided to stay and enjoy the music. The 3rd annual event featured over 30 businesses offering food and beverage tasting throughout the evening with 14 bands providing live entertainment. More photos in Wednesday’s edition. COURIER Photo/Cameron Barr
The Claremont City Council will meet this Tuesday, June 12, at 5 p.m. to organize the 2012-2014 city budget. Among items to be budgeted is a potential $25,000 to $50,000 to hire a city art consultant responsible for implementing a Public Art Master Plan.
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center took emergency education to the streets of Claremont on Thursday for Sidewalk CPR, teaching locals techniques associated with a modified hands-only CPR procedure.
The Village demonstration, which took place in front of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, was one of several across the region recognizing National CPR Day. Emergency Medical Services and the American Heart Association partnered with Pomona Valley Hospital to help bring awareness to a newly approved set of CPR guidelines.
One of Claremont’s own is on the ballot for November’s general election.
Republican Donna Lowe, who also serves as a Claremont community and human services commissioner, has been selected by California voters as one of 2 candidates for the newly redistricted 41st Assembly. Ms. Lowe received the nomination with 13,892 votes. She was only surpassed by Pasadena City Councilmember and Democrat Chris Holden, who received 17,129 votes.
The city of Claremont will no longer co-sponsor the 40th anniversary celebration of El Barrio Park to be held next Saturday, June 16.
The Claremont City Council entered into co-sponsorship with the Arbol Verde Preservation Committee in late May. However, the approval was preceded by an hour of heated debate regarding the city’s stance on donating money to an event with religious ties, a potential violation of the First Amendment’s establishment clause. Mayor Pro Temp Opanyi Nasiali first called into question the appropriateness of the city’s sponsorship because the event includes a Catholic mass.